The Tasty Island’s new site design configuration for 2017 is now complete. I’m pretty happy with it. Hope you are too.
Still up in the air about how I want the overall header area to look, however for now I’m OK with the beach scenes; it’s a bit “busy” (albeit void, in an open ocean way), yet I’m sure some folks appreciate the nice “oceanfront views”. Which to note, the header image is set to randomly change scenes (new image) upon each new page load. As you can tell, they’re all ocean view photos taken recently by Yours Truly from Waikiki to Diamond Head, all with my Note 5.
Just about every section on the home page is labeled and self-explanatory, except for the top feature area, right below the main navigation menu. In that section, The “slider” area (depicted above with Rainbow Drive-In) sequences (“slides”) through the latest 3 posts (amount of recent posts in slider may change, depending on popularity), so that’s where you want to look and click first. There’s also a “Latest” caption at the very top left next to today’s date which also rotates links to the latest posts. You can also find the Latest Posts on the right side bar, below the most Recent Comments. That same right sidebar will also display on individual post pages for easy reference.
To the right of the slider are 4 feature areas for HIGHLIGHTED POSTS. These are chosen by me, based on popularity through visitor statistics. Basically, those are some of the most popular posts on this site. I’ll be switching them out regularly based on future statistical analysis.
Below that is a Recipes section in the middle, while the bottom section of the home page above the footer are popular posts by categories, which to start I’ve chosen Hawaiian, Fusion and Event Coverage. Over time I’ll be revolving other popular categories on this site, such as Chinese and Japanese to name a few of many!
The posts and pages haven’t changed much other than being formatted within the new template, with the other main exception being a much improved commenting system that now includes text formatting tools and more. Keep in mind, if you leave one or more links (URLs) in your comment, it will automatically go to moderation for approval (a SPAM protection feature).
All this, in an effort to make the Tasty Island a more engaging, immersive experience.
These are some of the key features of the ColorMag theme by ThemeGrill being used for the Tasty Island’s new look: